Inductees include political icon and OU quarterback J.C. Watts, rodeo champ Roy Cooper, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and All-American footballer Leslie Claudis O’Neal, with posthumous inductions of four-time basketball All-Star Darrell Porter and Amateur Athletic Union basketballer and Olympic coach Gerald Tucker.
“This year’s inductees are respected citizens and athletes; a remarkable group of champions representing rodeo, contributors, baseball, basketball and football. ... This induction group truly represents how great the state of Oklahoma is,” said Eddie Griffin, president of The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame/Jim Thorpe Association, in a media statement.
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony and Banquet is
Aug. 4 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE
63rd St. For more information, visit oksportshof.org. — By Jennifer Chancellor
YWCA retools for women’s agriculture
The YWCA McFarland Branch, 1701 N. Martin Luther King Ave., will soon become the National Women in Agriculture’s Agriculture and Science Academy Training and Technical Center.
Donations and volunteer help are being sought to help restore and update the building and its facilities, said Destiny Carson of NWAA.
The center will help educate individuals and families about healthier food, cooking, preparation and eating options, a media statement said. An emphasis also will be added on environment conservation and how to live and earn a living by working the land.
“Our main focus is to combat generational health and economic poverty issues through agriculture and health education,” the organization’s official website says.
The group also provides educational outreach to youth in schools.
The academy is part of a U.S.
Department of Agriculture initiative to help reduce community poverty issues. On-site assistance will include job placement, notary public, afterschool math and science tutoring and horticulture training.
For more information, call 424-4624 or 317-8110, email womeninag@gmail. com or visit nwiaa.org.
Cattlemen’s goes smoke-free
After more than a century, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is now smoke-free.
Owner Dick Stubbs built in a smoking room back in 2006. Nearly 30 percent of his regulars smoked while dining, he said in a media statement.
Over the years, however, Stubbs said his smoking clientele has dwindled to less than 1 percent. He wants to more fully use the space and reduce wait time.
The venue has been in OKC’s historic Stockyards City on S. Agnew Avenue since 1910. For more information, call 236-0416.
Swon Brothers set for Olympics
Catch Muskogee’s Swon Brothers as they perform Feb. 14 on the Today show.
The brothers, who nearly won it all on season four of The Voice, are headed for Sochi as part of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The pair, Zach and Colton Swon, will perform their new single, “Later On.”
The single hits radio stations March 3. The brothers also are finishing their major-label debut for Arista Nashville, produced by Mark Bright (who has worked with Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans). The album is tentatively set for release later this year.